Give in to the irresistible pull of the ocean and head out to Stadler Road in Bloubergstrand to start your West Coast Way road trip off in the most inspiring and ingenious way with Studio 46 – that speaks to your heart!
Uncover “the heart of West Coast art”… Once you step through jeweller and art entrepreneur Hettie Wainwright’s blue studio gate, you will be met with the many ways Cape Town’s captivating beauty is interpreted through jewellery and art.
Pop in at Studio 46
In the studio, the walls are covered in #proudlysouthafrican art, and in every nook and cranny, you’ll find an elegantly packed glass cabinet with mermaid jewellery, some of which were manufactured from beach glass and Cuttlefish castings.
The art and jewellery gallery is located on a road which was one of the first in Bloubergstrand and dates back to the mid-1800s when it was initially a dirt track in the middle of nowhere. Today, 46 Stadler Road is a breezy locale for beach walks, coffee, beachside restaurants, and of course, awe-inspiring West Coast art.
Here are four ways you can uncover the Heart Of West Coast Art:
Discover Atlantic Jewel
Atlantic Jewel is a pioneering Studio 46 jewellery range that portrays the admirable aspects of the Cape West Coast. The pieces in this range are inspired by the textures, shells, cuttlefish, anemones, barnacles, sand, flotsam, driftwood, sea glass, and sea creatures found on Cape West Coast shores.
Hettie Wainwright was raised next to the Atlantic Ocean in Bloubergstrand and as a consequence, her creativity was heavily influenced by Cape Town beaches. In some of her Atlantic Jewel designs, she upcycled old beach glass; in others, she used cuttlefish shells to form metal castings.
Studio 46 shows their love for nature not only through their jewellery designs but through the sustainability practices behind the designs too. To ensure that they stay committed to the environment through their jewellery manufacturing processes, a mould of a design is made to maintain the sustainability of the natural products used to make their precious jewellery pieces.
Bring your dream jewellery piece to life with Wainwright Fine Jewellers
Situated at Studio 46, Wainwright Fine Jewellers specialises in creating bespoke jewellery designs. They supply the precious stones, you supply the design, and together you’ll create your long-desired jewellery piece. Wainwright Fine Jewellers, also owned by Hettie Wainwright, focuses on creating pieces for special occasions like engagements, weddings, or anniversaries. They also specialise in recreating customers’ old sentimental jewellery pieces into dazzling spruced-up pieces. You too can have your sterling silver stud earrings transformed into a gold-plated, 18ct Rose Gold ring.
Find your inner artiste in their art classes
Do you need painting tips, tricks and inspiration to create your own masterpiece? Local artist and co-owner of Studio 46, Louise van Rhyn, will guide you to find your inner artist. She is a talented soul who knows how to nurture the artistic ability in someone. Louise often guides her art class attendees by saying, “paint what you see and then what you feel”. The goal is first to paint what you see and then to paint the emotion the scene makes you feel. After, you’ll bury away the inspiration you brought along and paint what you feel the painting needs. To say the least, Louise’s art classes are exciting and interactive.
Contact 074 369 4294 to book a spot in the Studio 46 weekly art classes.
Share your love for art
Studio 46 also offers painting services where Louise van Rhyn will convert any cherished photos to a painting on canvas or create a new art piece as per the customers’ direction.
If it’s not obvious already, then let’s make it clearer: Studio 46 is passionate about people, art, creativity, and design. If you are a local photographer, painter, sculptor, crafter, or jewellery designer who shares the same interest in nature and whose work will be a great addition to the art gallery, don’t hesitate to contact Studio46 to exhibit your creations in the studio.
There’s nothing like kickstarting your WestCoastWayRoadTrip with a stop in Stadler Road to strengthen your connection with the by admiring jewellery and art pieces inspired by Cape Town beaches from Studio 46 in Bloubergstrand. Pro-tip: select your art and jewellery, or request bespoke fine jewellery designs at the start of your road trip to collect upon your return from master jeweller Hettie Wainwright and Studio 46.